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Trump Administration Appoints Michael Dora To Serve As State Director For USDA Rural Development In Indiana
Updated November 10, 2017 7:49 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Trump Administration recently appointed Michael Dora as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Indiana. Dora will begin his new role on Monday, November 13th.

Dora brings 42 years of experience managing his family's grain and livestock operation in Rush County. Having been a volunteer EMT, firefighter, wrestling coach, and local school board trustee, he knows rural needs.

Presently, Dora serves as Chairman of Ivy Tech Community College Board of Trustees. He and his wife of 42 years have two sons and eight grandchildren.

As State Director, Dora will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Indiana.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

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